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Faith, Half Faith And No Faith At All Faith, Half Faith And No Faith At All

Faith, Half Faith And No Faith At All
IN the ancient days there went three men upon pilgrimage; one was a priest, and one was a virtuous person, and the third was an old rover with his axe.As they went, the priest spoke about the grounds of faith."We find the proofs of our religion in the works of nature," said he, and beat his breast."That is true," said the virtuous person."The peacock has a scrannel voice," said the priest, "as has been laid down always in our books. How cheering!" he cried, in a voice like one that wept. "How comforting!""I require no such proofs," said the... Short Stories - Post by : Joe_Tucci - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 4038

Something In It Something In It

Something In It
THE natives told him many tales. In particular, they warned him of the house of yellow reeds tied with black sinnet, how any one who touched it became instantly the prey of Akaanga, and was handed on to him by Miru the ruddy, and hocussed with the kava of the dead, and baked in the ovens and eaten by the eaters of the dead."There is nothing in it," said the missionary.There was a bay upon that island, a very fair bay to look upon; but, by the native saying, it was death to bathe there. "There is nothing in... Short Stories - Post by : magicthought - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2675

The Tadpole And The Frog The Tadpole And The Frog

The Tadpole And The Frog
"BE ashamed of yourself," said the frog."When I was a tadpole, I had no tail.""Just what I thought!" said the tadpole."You never were a tadpole."... Short Stories - Post by : jimrazz - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2686

The Cart-horses And The Saddle-horse The Cart-horses And The Saddle-horse

The Cart-horses And The Saddle-horse
Two cart-horses, a gelding and a mare, were brought to Samoa, and put in the same field with a saddle-horse to run free on the island. They were rather afraid to go near him, for they saw he was a saddle-horse, and supposed he would not speak to them. Now the saddle-horse had never seen creatures so big. "These must be great chiefs," thought he, and he approached them civilly. "Lady and gentleman," said he, "I understand you are from the colonies. I offer you my affectionate compliments, and make you heartily welcome to the islands."The colonials... Short Stories - Post by : netlover - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2167

The Distinguished Stranger The Distinguished Stranger

The Distinguished Stranger
ONCE upon a time there came to this earth a visitor from a neighbouring planet. And he was met at the place of his descent by a great philosopher, who was to show him everything.First of all they came through a wood, and the stranger looked upon the trees. "Whom have we here?" said he."These are only vegetables," said the philosopher. "They are alive, but not at all interesting.""I don't know about that," said the stranger. "They seem to have very good manners. Do they never speak?""They lack the gift," said the philosopher."Yet I think I... Short Stories - Post by : cmw4443 - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1885

The Reader The Reader

The Reader
I NEVER read such an impious book," said the reader, throwing it on the floor."You need not hurt me," said the book; "you will only get less for me second hand, and I did not write myself.""That is true," said the reader. "My quarrel is with your author.""Ah, well," said the book, "you need not buy his rant.""That is true," said the reader. "But I thought him such a cheerful writer.""I find him so," said the book."You must be differently made from me," said the reader."Let me tell you a fable," said the book. "There were two men... Short Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2500

The Man And His Friend The Man And His Friend

The Man And His Friend
A MAN quarrelled with his friend."I have been much deceived in you," said the man.And the friend made a face at him and went away.A little after, they both died, and came together before the great white Justice of the Peace. It began to look black for the friend, but the man for a while had a clear character and was getting in good spirits."I find here some record of a quarrel," said the justice, looking in his notes. "Which of you was in the wrong?""He was," said the man. "He spoke ill of me behind my back.""Did... Short Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3873

The Four Reformers The Four Reformers

The Four Reformers
FOUR reformers met under a bramble bush. They were all agreed the world must be changed. "We must abolish property," said one."We must abolish marriage," said the second."We must abolish God," said the third."I wish we could abolish work," said the fourth."Do not let us get beyond practical politics," said the first. "The first thing is to reduce men to a common level.""The first thing," said the second, "is to give freedom to the sexes.""The first thing," said the third, "is to find out how to do it.""The first step," said the first, "is to abolish the Bible.""The first... Short Stories - Post by : carolinatraders - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 3618

The House Of Eld The House Of Eld

The House Of Eld
So soon as the child began to speak, the gyve was riveted; and the boys and girls limped about their play like convicts. Doubtless it was more pitiable to see and more painful to bear in youth; but even the grown folk, besides being very unhandy on their feet, were often sick with ulcers.About the time when Jack was ten years old, many strangers began to journey through that country. These he beheld going lightly by on the long roads, and the thing amazed him. "I wonder how it comes," he asked, "that all these strangers are so... Short Stories - Post by : richard52az - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2253

The Yellow Paint The Yellow Paint

The Yellow Paint
IN a certain city there lived a physician who sold yellow paint. This was of so singular a virtue that whoso was bedaubed with it from head to heel was set free from the dangers of life, and the bondage of sin, and the fear of death for ever. So the physician said in his prospectus; and so said all the citizens in the city; and there was nothing more urgent in men's hearts than to be properly painted themselves, and nothing they took more delight in than to see others painted. There was in the same city a... Short Stories - Post by : ggwan - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2845

The Devil And The Innkeeper The Devil And The Innkeeper

The Devil And The Innkeeper
ONCE upon a time the devil stayed at an inn no one knew him, for they were people whose education had been neglected. He was bent on mischief, and for a time kept everybody by the ears. But at last the innkeeper set a watch upon the devil and took him in the fact.The innkeeper got a rope's end."Now I am going to thrash you," said the innkeeper."You have no right to be angry with me," said the devil. "I am only the devil, and it is my nature to do wrong.""Is that so?" asked the innkeeper."Fact,... Short Stories - Post by : proton - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1901

The Sick Man And The Fireman The Sick Man And The Fireman

The Sick Man And The Fireman
THERE was once a sick man in a burning house, to whom there entered a fireman."Do not save me," said the sick man. "Save those who are strong.""Will you kindly tell me why?" inquired the fireman, for he was a civil fellow."Nothing could possibly be fairer," said the sick man. "The strong should be preferred in all cases, because they are of more service in the world."The fireman pondered a while, for he was a man of some philosophy. "Granted," said he at last, as apart of the roof fell in; "but for the sake of conversation, what would... Short Stories - Post by : bizman - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2554

The Two Matches The Two Matches

The Two Matches
ONE day there was a traveller in the woods in California, in the dry season, when the Trades were blowing strong. He had ridden a long way, and he was tired and hungry, and dismounted from his horse to smoke a pipe. But when he felt in his pocket he found but two matches. He struck the first, and it would not light."Here is a pretty state of things!" said the traveller. "Dying for a smoke; only one match left; and that certain to miss fire! Was there ever a creature so unfortunate? And yet,"... Short Stories - Post by : albefree - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2772

The Sinking Ship The Sinking Ship

The Sinking Ship
"SIR," said the first lieutenant, bursting into the Captain's cabin, "the ship is going down.""Very well, Mr. Spoker," said the Captain; "but that is no reason for going about half-shaved. Exercise your mind a moment, Mr. Spoker, and you will see that to the philosophic eye there is nothing new in our position: the ship (if she is to go down at all) may be said to have been going down since she was launched.""She is settling fast," said the first lieutenant, as he returned from shaving."Fast, Mr. Spoker?" asked the Captain. "The expression is a strange one, for... Short Stories - Post by : alltraff - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2327

The Persons Of The Tale The Persons Of The Tale

The Persons Of The Tale
AFTER the 32nd chapter of TREASURE ISLAND, two of the puppets strolled out to have a pipe before business should begin again, and met in an open place not far from the story."Good-morning, Cap'n," said the first, with a man-o'-war salute, and a beaming countenance."Ah, Silver!" grunted the other. "You're in a bad way, Silver.""Now, Cap'n Smollett," remonstrated Silver, "dooty is dooty, as I knows, and none better; but we're off dooty now; and I can't see no call to keep up the morality business.""You're a damned rogue, my man," said the Captain."Come, come, Cap'n, be just," returned the other.... Short Stories - Post by : dmac55taz2000 - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 1919

Markheim Markheim

Markheim
"Yes," said the dealer, "our windfalls are of various kinds. Some customers are ignorant, and then I touch a dividend on my superior knowledge. Some are dishonest," and here he held up the candle, so that the light fell strongly on his visitor, "and in that case," he continued, "I profit by my virtue."Markheim had but just entered from the daylight streets, and his eyes had not yet grown familiar with the mingled shine and darkness in the shop. At these pointed words, and before the near presence of the flame, he blinked painfully and looked aside.The dealer chuckled. "You come... Short Stories - Post by : Detlev_Reimer - Date : December 2009 - Author : Robert Louis Stevenson - Read : 2611